Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) Review

New Nightmare was a Spinoff of the original Elm Street Series, it was written and directed by Wes Craven, the film is has no ties to the original timeline and portrays Freddy Krueger much closer to how Wes Craven originally wanted him to be, here he is much scarier and less comical, he even has some new makeup to better resemble his original vision.

In the film the original cast and crews from the series reunite but as their real life selves, the movies main protagonist is of course Heather Langenkamp who played original Heroine Nancy Thompson.

Heather who now is married and has a son named Dylan is invited to a Television interview to discuss the Elm Street franchise on the 10th anniversary of the first movie. She is suffering Freddy Nightmares which are followed by Earth Quakes in the real world. During filming the Northridge Earthquake partly destroyed Los Angeles and the news footage you see in the movie is real Earth Quake aftermath and if it wasn’t for this movie that footage very well may have been lost to time if it wasn’t archived.

Tuesday Knight (Kristen in Part 4) and Jsu Garcia also known as Nick Corri (Rod in the original) are both spotted attending the funeral of Heathers husband but this is only a small cameo and other returning cast members with major roles in New Nightmare include series veterans Jon Saxon (Nancy’s father Original and Part 3) and of course Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) here Robert plays Freddy but he also plays himself .

With such an iconic cast reuniting for the film it is no surprise that everyone’s performance in on key and an immense effort was put in by everybody under the watchful eye of series creator and director Wes Craven he even plays himself in this movie and explains to Nancy that Freddy is an evil entity who he trapped by creating the original Elm Street franchise, this entity has now escaped into the real world and wants to Kill Heather as her being the first heroine of the series is the only person who can destroy him.

Freddy is the scariest he has ever been in his portrayal here and if you read my official ranking of the original timeline then you know how important having the right blend of scary and silly is what Freddy needs, while I really admire this dark and scarier Freddy I’m glad his character had some re-writes before the 1984 classic was released. Freddy is definitely scary in this but a little bit too scary for my liking he isn’t exactly that memorable and becomes fairly boring in this one due to a lack of creativity in his kills. The best moment was definitely the call back to Tina’s death in the original where she is dragged onto the ceiling and sliced open, here we actually see Freddy visibly kill the victim its a very cool call back and was much appreciated.

Englund and Saxon are played as Friends and Mentors to the younger Heather in this, its a very sweet portrayal and had me hoping that this was in reference to a real life friendship, Englund was originally going to have a Freddy nightmare of his own where he was trapped in a giant spiders web but this was cut due to it not fitting in with the films more serious script, personally I think this would have been a great addition and could have been really scary, also I think seeing Freddy go after the person who played him would have been really interesting, maybe we could have even had a fight scene between movie Freddy and entity Freddy?

The sets are very good in this but special props definitely go to the finale, Heather is sent into a fiery hell from the mouth of a giant Freddy rock scape, here this whole segment is fantastic with its call backs to Freddy being sent to hell after dying in part 6 and of course Hansel and Gretel a story read to Dylan earlier on in the film. We finally get to see some of Freddy’s powers here too with his stretchy arm and his snake like tongue.

I think this is what the franchise really needed after it failed so hard in its last few films, as a character Freddy had lost his way and become somewhat of a joke, this obviously had an impact on Craven who finally wanted to have the Freddy he originally wrote, I’m glad this wasn’t the final version of Freddy we got but it was interesting to see how he was originally intended, I really like this movie and I think it holds a very important role in the franchise due to the fact that this is what we could have gotten, it was also great to see the original cast reuniting but I think it would have been great to see the others too, Johnny Depp said he would have come back for this movie but never got asked.

This isn’t a film I will watch every Halloween but it definitely wont be skipped during my next Elm Street marathon

And in case you are curious if this was put in my official rankings I would say its better than 5 but not as good as the original

Happy Halloween, check your candy and stay safe

see you creeps in November!


My top 5 movies to watch on Halloween

When it comes to Halloween everyone has a very different idea of whats a good choice of movies to marathon, I’m not going to make an article about why we tend to watch these movies during Halloween time but instead I am simply going to list my personal top 5 with the reasons why I chose them.


movies5. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown


It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is the Peanuts Halloween special, it includes all of the familiar faces from the show but the special mostly focuses on Linus, Snoopy and Charlie Brown.

Charlie Brown gets all of the bad luck as usual since he manages cut way too many eye holes in his ghost costume and when he goes trick or treating instead of receiving candy he gets given rocks.

Snoopy as usual sits on top of his dog house and pretends to be world war 1 pilot, he is eventually shot down and he has too fight his way through the war on foot, this part is very well directed but genuinely isn’t that interesting.

Finally Linus who is by far the biggest star of this episode spends his Halloween sat in a field waiting for the Great Pumpkin which is a being that seems to only exist in linus’s mind , the Great pumpkin is supposed to leave presents for all the good children in the world (seems he’s got his holidays mixed up)

The Great Pumpkin is a fantastic Halloween Special and for most people its what they remember the most about the old Peanuts cartoons.

If you want a more in depth opinion on the short, you can read my review from last year by clicking on this link


4. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)


I love this movie and if its not for how ridiculous and 80’s it is then Freddy Kruger definitely takes the cake, for those who don’t know the film revolves around a vengeful killer who kills teenagers in their dreams, it’s a surprisingly really fun movie for how intense and quite frightening it can get, with the film revolving around Freddy killing people in their dreams the movie can get very creative and the death scenes are gloriously gory and full of imagination.

Nightmare on elm street in a must watch for all horror and cheesy 80’s film fans.

3. Ghostbusters (1984)


This family friendly comedy follows the adventures of a group of friends who form together to create a new ghost catching emergency service they get calls from people who are having trouble with haunting’s and poltergeists, the Ghostbusters will then remove the spirit from the property for a hefty fine,  GhostBusters is absolutely hilarious thanks to it’s fantastic cast some of the more recognizable stars include Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver and Dan Aykroyd, and lets not forget that the movie also introduced us to that fantastic theme song which is now included on almost every Halloween playlist.

Who you gonna call?

2. Fun Size (2012)


Getting a little more modern Fun Size is a surprisingly very adult Nickelodeon movie, the film follows a teenage girl who wants to go to party with her friends for Halloween but she is unfortunately left to take her baby brother trick or treating, this may seem like a fairly boring plot for a Halloween movie but I assure you it gets much better as her little brother ends up going missing and its up to his older sister to find him before their mother returns home, with some help from some unlikely friends the teenagers have to deal with gun fights, kidnapping and many other crazy occurrence’s on this one stressful Halloween night.

1.John Carpenters Halloween (1974)


This is my favorite Horror movie of all time and it is by far my favorite movie to watch on Halloween, the movie is about the escape of serial killer called Michael Myers (no it’s not the guy who voiced Shrek), Michael killed his sister and her boyfriend when he was just a child he was then incarcerated for life in a mental institution, all seemed fine until 15 years later when he escapes and starts murdering poor unsuspecting teenagers who are spending Halloween night in his home town of Haddonfield

The film stars some very famous people including Donald Pleasence and a very young Jamie Lee Curtis

Happy Halloween 2015

Don’t rot your teeth too much tomorrow and remember to make sure you always stay alert because you never know who is hiding behind those masks


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By Padawan